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Posted by: jcruz on May 25,2017

How can your business handle disasters gracefully?

How can your business handle disasters gracefully?

Develop a dependable emergency response plan

To ensure the best results for people involved with your business at the time of an emergency situation, have all proper evacuation routes marked. Also, make sure that all employees know where to go and how to handle the situation, run drills either quarterly or semi-annually. Make important phone numbers accessible to anyone who may need them during an emergency situation.

Create and keep current survival supplies

Each business should have an emergency kit filled with the proper disaster survival supplies. These include items such as flashlights, plastic sheets, garbage bags, walkie talkie and first aid kits. In addition to these items, a digital camera will be helpful in recording images of property damage for insurance purposes. Each area of your business should contain at least one kit. During your emergency drills, these kits should be assessed to ensure that they contain up to date products.

Confirm that you have proper insurance coverage

Knowing what type of insurance your business needs for natural disasters and other emergencies is a good thing to determine prior to the occurrence of such an event. Read over policies to verify what is covered during which circumstance. Also confirming that you have enough insurance is vital.

Be sure to have back-ups for all your electronic data

As most businesses communicate and conduct their company practices through forms of technology, it is crucial for you to have files backed up and saved in case of an emergency like a data breach or server downtime. Without these back-ups, recovery as a company post disaster is not great. Best practice is to save your information which also includes your tax information, in two additional places. One file should be saved in a water proof environment and the other in an offsite location. It is also recommended that current projects should be accessible to you from any computer by emailing yourself current copies of the project.

Define a communication strategy

Effective communication plays a huge role when handling a disastrous situation. Determine a clear line of communication between employees and clients for times that business operations are down. Make sure employees know who to contact if they need to contact someone. Allow this plan to be simple and easily accessible. That way the communication plan is understandable by all preventing any breakdown in communication during major and minor incidences.

If necessary, consider temporary relocation

The show must go on they say. How can you do this if your workplace burned down or flooded? Have a backup location in case of these types of situations. This will ensure that your business will not have too much down time resulting in loss of productivity and profit. Be sure employees are aware of their responsibilities at different sites. Also keep clients and investors aware of these changes.

Although it is difficult anticipating your needs during a disaster, having the proper plan in place will give you and your business peace of mind.

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